Guest Blog: Old Bank Antiques

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 80px; line-height: 70px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>While I’m away from The Antiques Diva® & Co headquarters on tour ” target=”_blank”>#BlogTourNYC and leading VIP TOURS this March 2012 in tours/france/ ” target=”_blank”>France and tours/belgium/ ” target=”_blank”>Belgium, today’s guest blog comes to you from our English Diva, Gail McLeod.  Gail wears multiple hats.  She not only shops tirelessly as our Antiques Diva® Agent in England but when she’s not taking clients to the best places in Britain to go antique shopping, she is also editor of Antiques News and Fairs – the site Google ranks as the #1 resource for finding details of upcoming antique fairs!  On top of all this, she’s also the founder of National Antiques Week and coordinator of the Bath Decorative Antiques FairThis Diva NEVER stops.  She’s a serious mover and shaker in the English antique world and today she’s writing here at The Antiques Diva blog about an insider’s source in the lovely town of Bath, England.

Cheers from me, The Antiques Diva®, and Greetings from Your English Diva Guide, Gail McLeod!

Gail McLeod – caught mid-laugh – on the job as The English Diva!

One of the City of Bath’s destination calls for antiques and vintage hunting is Old Bank Antiques.  This sprawling and labyrinthine antiques centre is housed in two lofty Georgian houses ten minutes walk from the centre of the city. 

The friendly and helpful group of more than twenty dealers who share the centre offer a fabulous array of hard to resist finds from period oak and mahogany furniture right through to the latest trending retro collectibles from one of the trail blazers of the current vintage and retro scene – Bread and Roses, who cram their showroom with vintage furniture in metal and Melamine, kitchenalia and accessories sourced from France and the UK.  


Norman Kemp, Beth Cuttell, Simon Jackson, Mary and Steve Wootten and Robin Coleman add decorative flair to the centre with their range of English and European painted and country furniture from 19th – 20th C and wonderful decorative accessories including lighting, mirrors and garden furniture and decoration.

The centre is a big draw for the local homemaker of all ages and owners David Moore and Alex Schlesinger, who deal in formal period oak and mahogany furniture and ceramics, have established the centre as a call for American trade buyers and UK decorators.  Understanding the busy lifestyle we all enjoy today, David and Alex made the decision to open seven days a week, often enjoying a bit of stampede of eager buyers on Sundays.

The well-decorated displays across three windows on one of the UK’s busiest streets offers the centre a great passing trade and parking on site is a rare treat in Bath!

Happy Shopping!
The English Diva, aka Gail McLeod

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Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

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